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Trent Shelton illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Trent Shelton – Straight Up

In his new book, Straight Up: Honest, Unfiltered, As-Real-As-I-Can-Put-It Advice for Life’s Biggest Challenges, motivational speaker, former NFL player and the founder of non-profit RehabTime, Trent Shelton, offers advice and insights to guide today’s young adults to establish healthy relationships, chase after their dreams, and live their best lives. Published by Zondervan, Straight Up releases today, August 4, 2020.  

Who do you have in your life who’s not afraid to tell you the honest-to-God truth? Who do you have who’s a real source of wisdom when life gets real? With his trademark combination of raw honesty and practical next-steps, Trent Shelton will help you navigate through some of the most confusing topics of life, including relationships, friendships, fear, depression and your own past trauma. And while you might not make it out of the storms of life unscathed, the wisdom and lessons in this book can help you make it out stronger. Straight Up is imminently honest and practical, helping you take real next steps toward being the best you. Trent vulnerably shares his own story, including his own missteps that have resulted in the hard-won lessons he shares today.

Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver, who is now considered one of the most significant speakers of his generation. He is known for being “The Most Impactful Speaker” and is ranked one of the “Top Influencers in the Personal Development Space.” He aspires to promote positive change in others and reaches 50-60 million people weekly through his various social media platforms, as well as traveling the world speaking to people about how to create lasting change in their lives and reminding them that there is hope for a brighter future. Trent is a best-selling author and has penned five previous books: Inner Circle, You’re Perfect: for the Heart that’s Meant to Love You, See My Heart Not My Past, Breaking Your Own Heart, and The Greatest You. 

Growing up, Trent dreamt of one day becoming a professional football player. After playing for Baylor University and graduating college, Trent was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, the Seattle Seahawks in 2008 and the Washington Redskins in 2009. After achieving his dream, Trent still felt incomplete and found himself seeking out worldly possessions in an attempt to fill that hole. Following the birth of his son and his experience with the trials of life, Trent decided he needed to change his ways. 

In 2009, Trent began creating videos to share his newfound perspective and journey with the world, ending each video with the words, “It’s Rehab Time.” The public’s reception to Trent’s videos was powerful and he soon found his audience, now dubbed “Rehabbers,” growing by the thousands. Rehab Time is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages personal change and self-help strategies and reaches 50-60 million people weekly with his positive message of hope and inspiration in the face of hardship.

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Drawing your Dreams illustration by Mina Tocalini

DC Dream Drawings

Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, and DC  announced they will be offering ‘The Sandman’ fans the opportunity to have their wildest dreams come to life through their new campaign, ‘Drawn from The Dreaming’. The campaign launched nationally to consumers on July 8.

Through July 25, fans of ‘The Sandman’ are invited to submit a description of a memorable dream at drawnfromthedreaming.com or via a mobile phone at 515-SANDMAN(515-726-3626), a hotline narrated by creator Neil Gaiman who serves as fans’ guide through the ‘Drawn from The Dreaming’ experience. Selected fan-submitted dreams will be illustrated by a top DC artist, possibly one of the original artists from the graphic novels.

Dream drawings will be featured in an Instagram dream gallery, @DrawnFromTheDreaming, and fans will be tagged in their customized artwork. Everyone who submits a dream will be rewarded with an exclusive free audio episode from ‘The Sandman’, including a brief overview of the story so far, told by Neil Gaiman himself, only on Audible.

Adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs and narrated by Neil Gaiman, who serves as creative director and co-executive producer, ‘The Sandman’ Audible Original features a powerhouse cast led by James McAvoy and includes Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Sheen, Andy Serkis, and more. The first installment of the multi-part original audio drama series is set for release on July 15 on Audible.

Artists include: ‘The Sandman’ original illustrators Kelley Jones and Colleen Doran, and DC artists Mike Allred, Aaron Campbell, Max Fiumara, Tom Fowler, Tony Harris, Teddy Kristiansen, Domo Stanton, Matt Wagner and more.

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Beethoven’s Effect on Test Results

Students Who Listened to Beethoven During Lecture — and Heard the Same Music in Dreamland — Did Better on Test Next Day

But scores on the material nine months later dropped to ‘floor level,’ Baylor University study finds

College students who listened to classical music by Beethoven and Chopin during a computer-interactive lecture on microeconomics — and heard the music again that night — did better on a test the next day than did peers who were in the same lecture, but instead slept that evening with white noise in the background.

Over the long haul — when students took a similar test nine months later — the boost did not last. Scores dropped to floor levels, with everyone failing and performance averaging less than 25% percent for both groups. However, targeting memory reactivation (TMR) may aid during deep sleep, when memories are theorized to be reactivated and moved from temporary storage in one part of the brain to more permanent storage in other parts, researchers said.

The study, supported by the National Science Foundation and conducted by Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory (SNAC), is published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

“All educators want to teach students how to integrate concepts, not just memorize details, but that’s notoriously difficult to do,” said Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s sleep lab and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. “What we found was that by experimentally priming these concepts during sleep, we increased performance on integration questions by 18% on the test the next day. What student wouldn’t want a boost or two to their letter grade? The effects were particularly enhanced in participants who showed heightened frontal lobe activity in the brain during slow wave sleep, which is deep sleep.”

He noted that the effects emerged when using gold standard procedures: neither participants nor experimenters knew who received a particular treatment, sleep was measured using EEG in a laboratory setting, and the learning materials matched those that would actually be used in a college classroom, in this case an undergraduate microeconomics lecture.

Poor sleep is widespread in college students, with 60 percent habitually sleeping fewer than the recommended seven hours on 50 to 65 percent of nights. While students may be more concerned about immediate test results — and TMR may help them cram for an exam — learning by rote (item memory) does not normally benefit grasping and retaining a concept.

For the study, researchers recruited 50 college students ages 18 to 33 for a learning task with a self-paced, computer-interactive lecture; and for two overnight polysomnography sessions, with the first night an adaptation to the lab and screening for sleep disorders, and the second done the evening of the lecture.

During the lecture, soft background selections were played from a computer: the first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Piano Sonata, the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Spring” Violin Concerto and Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2.

That night in Baylor’s sleep lab, research personnel applied electrodes and used computers to monitor sleep patterns of both test and control groups. Once technicians observed a person was in deep sleep, they played either the classical music or the white noise — depending on whether the individual was in the test or control group — for about 15 minutes.

“Deep slow wave sleep won’t last super long before shifting back to light sleep, so we couldn’t play them endlessly,” Scullin said. “If we played it during light sleep, the music probably would have awoken participants. The first slow wave cycle is the deepest and longest.”

The music choice was important, researchers said.

“We ruled out jazz because it’s too sporadic and would probably cause people to wake,” Scullin said. “We ruled out popular music because lyrical music disrupts initial studying. You can’t read words and sing lyrics — just try it. We also ruled out ocean waves and ambient music because it’s very easy to ignore. You’re going to have a heck of a time forming a strong association between some learning material and a bland song or ambient noise.

“That left us with classical music, which many students already listen to while studying,” he said. “The songs can be very distinctive and therefore pair well with learning material.”

In the microeconomics exam the next day, the TMR of classical music more than doubled the likelihood of passing the test when compared with the control condition of white noise.

Scullin cautioned against confusing the Baylor study’s findings with the so-called “Mozart Effect” — the finding that having students listen to Mozart pieces led to better scores on intelligence tests. Subsequent tests of the “Mozart Effect” found that it either did not replicate or that boosts were strictly due to increased arousal when listening to energetic music.

“Mozart doesn’t make memories,” Scullin said.

Previous researchers have found that memories associated with sensory cues — such as an odor or song — are re-activated when the same cue is received later. When that happens during deep sleep, the corresponding memories are activated and strengthened, said co-researcher Chenlu Gao, a doctoral candidate of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor.

Early experimenters also played audio tapes during sleep to test whether individuals can learn new knowledge while sleeping. But while those experiments failed to create new memories, “our study suggests it is possible to reactivate and strengthen existing memories of lecture materials during sleep,” Gao said. “Our next step is to implement this technique in classrooms — or in online lectures while students complete their education at home due to COVID-19 social distancing measures — so we can help college students ‘re-study’ their class materials during sleep.”

“We think it is possible there could be long-term benefits of using TMR but that you might have to repeat the music across multiple nights,” Scullin added. “After all, you wouldn’t just study material a single time and then expect to remember it months later for a final exam. The best learning is repeated at spaced-out intervals — and, of course, while maintaining good sleep habits.”

*The study was supported by the National Science Foundation. Paul Fillmore, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, also was a co-researcher.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 18,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

The College of Arts & Sciences is Baylor University’s oldest and largest academic division, consisting of 25 academic departments and seven academic centers and institutes. The more than 5,000 courses taught in the College span topics from art and theatre to religion, philosophy, sociology and the natural sciences. Faculty conduct research around the world, and research on the undergraduate and graduate level is prevalent throughout all disciplines. Visit www.baylor.edu/artsandsciences.

ABOUT THE SLEEP NEUROSCIENCE AND COGNITION LABORATORY

The goal of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory at Baylor University is to understand the basic processes supporting cognition and to translate that knowledge to promote health and flourishing across the adult lifespan. The two lines of inquiry focus on the sleep-based underpinnings of health and cognitive flourishing; and how technology can be leveraged to support prospective memory and quality of life in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

 

APY Lands LA

CENTRAL DESERT PAINTERS OF AUSTRALIA

Invitation Only
Opening Reception May 4, 4-6pm
2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Exhibition May 3 – May 30, 2019

Olsen Gruin Gallery and the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles are pleased to invite you to the opening of

APY LANDS LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia

An Exhibition of Indigenous Australian Art featuring paintings by 18 female and 3 male artists including Yaritji Young, Wawiriya Burton, Alec Baker, Mona Mitakiki Shepherd, Tjimpayi Presley, Betty Muffler, Naomi Kantjuriny, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady, Sandra Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken, Ken Sisters’ Collaborative, Tuppy Goodwin, Imitjala Curley, Witjiti George, Michelle Lewis, Mitakiki Men’s Collaborative, Taylor Cooper, Matjanka Norris, Manyitjanu Lennon, Yurpiya Lionel and Barbara Moore.

ABOUT APY LANDS LA

The curated show will exhibit contemporary works by a group of primarily female Aboriginal artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (Translating as the People who speak Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara dialects) Lands. This area is located in remote Central Australia in the far northern tip of South Australia. The exhibit comprises painted depictions of the transcendental and its transubstantiation into the material world. These works reflect a new direction in Indigenous art that refers to an ancient mythology still pertinent and very much a part of contemporary art today.

The APY Art Centre Collective is a group of 10 Indigenous owned and governed enterprises. It is a formidable group of the most celebrated and ambitious Indigenous art studios in Australia – all exploring a diverse range of mediums, to express and share their Tjukurpa (Dreaming Stories), which have been passed down from their ancestors.

For the Indigenous peoples of Australia, Dreamtime functions as a way to remember the past, understand the present, and interpret the future. “Australian Aboriginal art was the last great movement of the 20th century, that began 60,000 years earlier,” said the late Robert Hughes. The artists featured in APY LANDS LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia, strive to communicate this metaphysical and spiritual world-view by illustrating the remarkable stories of Dreamtime.

APY LANDS: Central Desert Painters of Australia will be on view from
May 3 – May 30, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

For further information please contact the gallery at info@olsengruin.com or +1.646.525.6213.

Birdman & Juvenile “Just Another Gangsta”

BIRDMAN & JUVENILE RELEASE NEW ALBUM Just Another Gangsta AVAILABLE TODAY

Available at All Digital Retailers Now

Nodding to the golden age of Cash Money Records, Birdman & Juvenile team up to release their collaborative album J.A.G. at all digital retailers today.

Short for “Just Another Gangster,” both the album title and lead single “J.A.G.” take you back to the bouncy bling era of the label by reuniting legendary Co-Founder and multi-platinum rapper Birdman with Southern luminary and fellow icon Juvenile. The larger-than-life music video already surpassed 4.3 million YouTube/VEVO views, and the song impacted radio in February where it continues rising.

On the track, these two New Orleans titans lock into a lyrical back-and-forth before delivering a chanting refrain over a slick bass line and steady beat. With a whole lot of swag and style. It’s as infectious and icy as anything they’ve ever done together, and it evokes the timeless nature of their chemistry initially honed by way of collaborations from dozens of classic releases.

“J.A.G.” is stacked with bold and big bangers. “Dreams” featuring Choppa showcases more slick Southern flows over acoustic guitar and piano. Choppa brings his own fire to the track as Juvenile turns up with another hummable hook. “Broke” unfolds with street wit and charm, while a bluesy guitar lead gives way to rhyme fireworks on the nostalgic “Back Then.” “From The Bottom” could serve as a mission statement for either Juvenile or Birdman as it documents the come-up to triumph in vivid detail. The album concludes on the hard-hitting and bounce-driven “One Two.”

The entire project sees Birdman and Juvenile rapping with focus and fire that’s always fresh. Additionally, it features production courtesy of Rich Gang in-house team.

Birdman and Juvenile recently engaged a full court press blitz that saw them appearing on multiple television and radio shows. They notably guested on The Wendy Williams Show to perform the title track and speak on the project. Additionally, Juvenile guested on The Breakfast Club, and his appearance racked up a staggering 100K views in under six hours as it approached the 400k mark now.

Be on the lookout for more big news and moves from Birdman, Juvenile, and Cash Money Records in 2019.

Track Listing

  1. JAG
  2. Broke
  3. Back Then
  4. Filthy Money
  5. Breeze
  6. From the Block
  7. Newly Exposed
  8. Tonight
  9. From The Bottom
  10. One Two
  11. Today
  12. Dreams

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AMS Vans/Athlete Award Van

Atlanta-based AMS Vans teamed up with the Aimee Copeland Foundation and FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to present the keys for a wheelchair accessible minivan to the winner of an essay contest. The winner, Kendra Allen, is an Athens Tech college student whose essay detailed the challenges of growing up with cerebral palsy and her dream to help others with disabilities.

Allen’s prize is a 2012 Honda Odyssey wheelchair accessible minivan with $7,500 worth of reconditioning donated by AMS Vans, which will also provide free oil changes and tire rotation for as long as she owns the vehicle.

“I am so thankful for everyone who helped me get this minivan because it means I will finally be able to use my power wheelchair outside my home, making it so much easier to get to class at Athens Tech, see friends and eventually start my own business,” said Allen.

“AMS Vans is thrilled to help Kendra become more independent and we are inspired by her dedication to finish school and fulfill her dreams to create her own company to help others,” said Mark Shaughnessy, CEO of AMS Vans.

The minivan was donated by Aimee Copeland, a competitive swimmer and counselor who lost her hands, right foot and left leg from a flesh-eating bacterial infection in 2012. After receiving the vehicle as gift, she found new independence, started the Aimee Copeland foundation and became the official spokesperson for FODAC.

“This van changed my life and gave me freedom of mobility, and now I am paying it forward so that Kendra may have a better quality of life,” said Copeland. “We could not have done this without AMS Vans and FODAC, and I am grateful for their support.”

“As an advocate for those with disabilities we see first-hand how reliable transportation can change a person’s life by connecting them more readily to work and the community and we are excited to see Kendra succeed,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC.

Allen’s essay was selected from 60-entries submitted to the contest that ran from January 7, 2019 to February 7, 2019. Her essay has been posted in full on the Aimee Copeland Foundation Blog.

LEADR releases brand new single 11:11

Dreamy dance-electronic artist and producer, LEADR just dropped his new single “11:11” today and we can’t be more excited. Make sure to check out his new song and more about him below!

LEADR’s sound harmonizes his ethereal and idyllic vocals with live instrumentation and atmospheric electronic beats. His last single, “Waves,” caught the attention of multiple music outlets, including Billboard Magazine Online. While Waves sound is described as more of a relaxed and chill vibe, 11:11 takes a 180 turn with its upbeat sounds for the end of summer.

“The time 11:11 is so special to me. When I see it, my thoughts, wishes and beliefs are manifested into truth.” LEADR wrote and produced the track with singer/songwriter TXVX, who is also featured on it. LEADR is so excited to share this next single because of the true meaning behind the song, following your dreams and dedicating yourself to creating a path to your dreams come true. Besides his new single LEADR is also currently working on his debut EP.

Overall, LEADR’s goal is to make people feel good and inspire people’s lives through his music. “With everything that is going on in the world, we need music to uplift each other. Follow your dreams because you only have one life to live. Make it count!”

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Zjál to Release First Single

Pop and R&B artist Zjál is set to release her brand new single, “Home,” later this month and we can’t wait. The singer’s pop-filled-soul sound is intoxicating and is sure to be hit. More info on Zjál and her new music below!

Zjál grew up on a secluded farm in Adelaide, Australia. Her heritage is Lebanese, yet her family held a progressive outlook. Zjál naturally gravitated to the arts growing up. “Creating is my drug, words are my remedy.” Needing a way to express herself and escape, music became the form of connection which breaks all barriers for Zjál.

The EP, also named “Home,” is set to come out later this year and has a beautifully interwoven mix of sensual, strong, and fun elements. The first single off the EP, “Home” definitely shows Zjál’s sensitive and vulnerable side. “Home is a love song, about longing to be back in my lover’s arms after having to travel and be apart to follow my dreams, when the world gets too loud all I long for is being with the man I love. Nothing means anything without love.” The song also represents Zjál’s inner sanctuary and meditative state, the place she can retreat and feel safe.

“This EP has been a rebirth for me,” Zjál shares. “Through the process of creating it, I’ve awoken to trust and faith—it feels like a rebirth. This music has helped me take walls down in order to make truthful music. Only when you’re vulnerable can you connect with people, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.” Zjál hopes for “Home” to be the first step of her music creating a career of longevity and connection with others.

Above all, Zjál’s main goal as an artist is to reach a position in her career where her presence “can elevate vibrations and contribute to a higher state of consciousness.” She aims to live her truth and be a positive influence in the world. Staying true to her own beliefs, Zjál’s message to her fans is to always stay unique to her you were were born to be. “Rebel against programmed consciousness. Remain authentically yourself.”

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DREAMS x SILENCE

Highly danceable, super-sticky, deceptively simple blend of electrified pop” – LA Weekly

No One Defeats Us’ funky dance-rock groove” – Stereogum

Booming electro-anthem” – Idolator

Following their explosive debut song “No One Defeats Us,” DREAMS have dropped their new track “Silence” today via Astralwerks. On the day of their first ever live performance at Coachella, “Silence” reveals a darker side and pulse to DREAMS, led by the brooding vocals of Daniel Johns. The duo also shares a striking video for the track, which can be viewed HERE.

Purchase or Stream “Silence” HERE.

A much-anticipated debut live set at Coachella this weekend promises high drama and a truly unmissable performance. The only band ever to be booked for the festival before releasing any music, the duo is the highest-billed Australian band. DREAMS will perform tonight at 8:40pm on the Mojave Stage. The duo will also perform next Friday, April 20. Fans can view their performance via the live stream on the Official Coachella YouTube Channel.

“Silence’ is a song which came to us after the Charlottesville riots. It broke our hearts to see the violence and hatred that occurred. We wanted this song to elevate the people, let their voices be heard, inspire them with courage and bravery.” Luke Steele (aka Miracle) says of the track. Daniel Johns (aka Dr Dreams), says “The live version is out of this world and we cannot wait to debut it at Coachella. »

DREAMS is the realization of a long-time friendship and musical kinship between these two iconic Australian artists. Daniel Johns is best known as the front man of Silverchair whilst the enigmatic Luke Steele fronts Empire of The Sun and The Sleepy Jackson. The artists first met in 2004 when Luke’s band The Sleepy Jackson supported Silverchair on their sold-out Diorama tour.

With over ten million albums sold worldwide and an undefeatable twenty-nine ARIA Awards won between both of their respective acts, the pedigree of Daniel and Luke’s new collaboration is unquestionable.

Since Silverchair’s debut release “Tomorrow” in 1994, Daniel has taken home a record twenty-one statues, the most of any Australian artist in ARIA history. Daniel has also won APRA Songwriter of the Year three times, and impressively, Silverchair is the only Australian act to have all of their studio albums, five in total, debut at #1 on the ARIA chart.

Sweeping the ARIAs clean in 2008 was Luke Steele’s Empire of the Sun, taking home gongs for Best Album, Best Single, Best Group and Best Pop Release. With a total of eight ARIAs and two APRA song writing awards to date, Empire of the Sun has gone from strength to strength internationally, including a spectacular sold out performance at Hollywood Bowl in 2015, in front of an audience of 17,000 US fans.

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Cozz Releases Badu

L.A. RAPPER COZZ RELEASES NEW SONG “BADU” FEATURING CURREN$Y

Dreamville rapper Cozz releases the song, “Badu” featuring Curren$y.  Produced by Cozz’ longtime producer Meez and Enimal, this is the second track to be released from the South Central native’s upcoming debut album, Effected, which will be released Q1 by Dreamville/Interscope Records.

Cozz (born Cody Osagie) launched himself with a video for his introspective song “Dreams,” which caught the attention of J. Cole, who signed him to his Dreamville imprint in 2013. Cozz released his Cozz & Effect project, featuring the Meez-produced single “Cody Macc,” in October 2014, followed by his first mixtape, Nothin’ Personal, in January 2016.

Cozz “Badu” Feat. Curren$y eSingle
Retail:  http://smarturl.it/CozzBadu

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